COURSE OBJECTIVES From Testudo
Fundamental concepts of three-dimensional form and space examined through the manipulation and organization of various materials.
This class consists of skill assessments, creative exercises and open ended projects. You will be introduced to different tools and processes. Your skills and exercises may or may not inform your more open-ended assigned projects. All skill assessments must be completed to a standard of quality in order to move forward. Exercises are essential and you will be given full credit for them as long as they are completed on time.. Only official projects will have formal critiques. Along the way we may have some assigned reading and some writing, but no required texts to purchase.
We will be examining and critiquing work within a contemporary context.
Good tools are a pleasure to work with. Proper use of tools is important- but sometimes you just need a crumby knife to hack apart a mattress, and that is ok. Know what to use and when to use it. Do not sacrifice classroom/shared tools and equipment. Please acquire AT MINIMUM this list of tools and materials.
1 PAIR OF SCISSORS (RECOMMEND FISKARS)
1 UTILITY KNIFE AND EXTRA BLADES (RECOMMEND OLFA)
1 SET OF UNIVERSAL DRILL BITS (at the very least get a ⅛” bit)
1 COUNTERSINK BIT, MINIMUM DIAMETER ⅜”
1 TAPE MEASURE
1 SKETCHBOOK (I don’t care what it is as long as you can write and scribble in it)
1 SMALL BOTTLE WOOD GLUE
SANDPAPER (single sheets of a variety of grits, 80, 120, 220)
1” x 3” CLEAR PINE BOARD, 2ft LENGTH
1 ROLL OF MASKING TAPE
1 FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER
1 PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER (it’s fine if you get a screwdriver with driver bits that can be swapped out instead of buying both screwdrivers)
*IF YOU LEAVE TOOLS HERE, GET A LOCK. PUT YOUR NAME ON STUFF.
RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE
LEATHER WORK GLOVES
See undergraduate catalogue for description of grades, e.g., A+, A, A-, etc.: http://www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm/show/content.section/c/27/ss/1584/s/1534
ARTIST PRESENTATION 5%
SKILLS ASSESSMENT 10%
Every class an assignment is past due (unless those classes are excused absences) takes one full letter grade off.
There is an opportunity for extra credit. For a maximum of three times during the semester you can write a 500 word critical observation on the following (each can be done once a piece):
Article on contemporary art published within the last year
COMMUNICATION ABOUT COURSE
Faculty and advisors use email to convey important information, and students are responsible for keeping their email address up to date, and must ensure that forwarding to another address functions properly. Failure to check email, errors in forwarding, and returned email are the responsibility of the student, and do not constitute an excuse for missing announcements or deadlines.
This is a studio course in which nearly all work is completed in class, therefore attendance is crucial. It is your responsibility to contact me about making up ALL missed work.
In accordance with University Policy, more than three unexcused days of non-participation will warrant alteration to your overall grade by one full letter grade. Six or more unexcused days of non-participation will warrant an automatic final grade of ‘F’. Exceptions and incomplete contracts will only be considered on presentation of appropriate written documentation. Events that justify an excused absence include: religious observances, mandatory military obligation, illness of the student or illness of an immediate family member, participation in university activities at the request of university authorities, and compelling circumstances beyond the student’s control (e.g. death in the family, required court appearance). It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor within the first 3 weeks of class regarding any religious observance absence(s) for the entire semester. Excused absences require documentation provided to the instructor in a timely fashion. One time per semester, students may use a self-signed note for a medically excused absence.
We will start class 5 minutes after. If you come in more than 5 minutes late or leave early, I will mark it down. 3 latenesses equals one absence. Please respect your time here and those you share it with.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In case of closings and delays due to weather check the University’s website and/or phone line
Students with a documented disability should inform the instructors within the add-drop period if academic accommodations will be needed. You are expected to meet with your instructor in person to provide them with a copy of the Accommodations Letter and to obtain your instructor’s signature on the Acknowledgement of Student Request form. You and your instructor will plan together how accommodations will be implemented throughout the semester. To obtain the required Accommodation Letter, please contact Disability Support Service (DSS) at 301-314-7682 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The UMD Honor Code prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent documents and forging signatures. On every examination, paper or other academic exercise not exempted by the instructor, students must write by hand and sign the following pledge:
I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (or assignment).
Allegations of academic dishonesty will be reported directly to the Student Honor Council: http://www.shc.umd.edu
Class lectures and other materials are copyrighted. They are the property of the instructor - do not sell them, do not post them on a website. They may not be reproduced for anything other than personal use without written permission from the instructor. Copyright infringements may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
The University of Maryland is committed to providing support and resources, including academic accommodations, for students who experience sexual or relationship violence as defined by the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. To report an incident and/or obtain an academic accommodation, contact the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct at 301-405-1142. If you wish to speak confidentially, contact Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence at 301-741-3555. As ‘responsible university employees’ faculty are required to report any disclosure of sexual misconduct, i.e., they may not hold such disclosures in confidence. For more information: http://www.umd.edu/ocrsm/
The University of Maryland values the diversity of its student body. Along with the University, I am committed to providing a classroom atmosphere that encourages the equitable participation of all students regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Potential devaluation of students in the classroom that can occur by reference to demeaning stereotypes of any group and/or overlooking the contributions of a particular group to the topic under discussion is inappropriate.
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